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're determined to bring these killers to justice. pentagon correspondent barbara starr is joining us. barbara, first of all, we do know that there have been arrests made. at least four people who are being detained. do we know anything about them, and how is the united states, the pentagon, and the military involved in this investigation? >> well, a full-blown investigation underway now, suzanne. as for those arrested in lib yashgs even though libyans are saying they may not have been directly involved in the attack, perhaps they know something about it so the u.s. is going to want to find out everything those people have to say, but the investigation underway also here across the u.s. government agency, cia, director david petraeus on capitol hill this morning briefing congress about some of the latest developments. nobody speaking officially about it, but afterwards senator john mccain came out and offered some riveting detail. >> i know very well there were demonstrations, that there was a group of either al qaeda or some radical islams who about 15 of them armed with rpg's and other letha
the pentagon. marine reinforcements are heading to benghazi right now. let's head to barbara starr at the pentagon. >> reporter: two u.s. officials are confirming that marines are on the way to benghazi. this will be an anti-terrorism security team, a fast team, they are called. they are going there to reinforce the diplomatic installation there. you saw secretary of state clinton has asked for additional security. the president ha said there will be additional security at u.s. installations around the world. and after what happens happened at benghazi, marines now on the way. these are the very specific marine corps embassy teams that are structured just for this job. to reinforce an embassy or diplomatic installation when violence breaks out. aas you know, marines guard embassies around the world. this is more people, more fire power, more security capability. but, john, in libya, cairo, at installations around the world, one of the key issues is that u.s. jurisdiction, of course, only extends to the fence line. when the violence breaks out on the street, it is the responsibility
resembling what has transpired in cairo or libya. >> to let you know what's going on here, barbara starr is going to stick with us. she's watching these pictures as well. we're see mass protests at the u.s. embassy in london. you can see mennen chatting, starting fires with be throwing rocks. and actually scaling a fence, what barbara says is the front gate of the u.s. facility there in sanaa. you can see the men climbing that gate. security forces are being careful, firing into the air to try to disperse this crowd. there's an affairness that you don't want to see this. right now the u.s. is investigating whether the attack at the american consulate in benghazi was planned in advance in libya. at first it was believed that the killing of four americans, including the u.s. ambassador, christopher stevens was carried out by angry mobs protesting a cruel, anti-muslin movie. the date of the attack 9/11 might not be a coincidence. let's get the late est. so we had said at the time and you had pointed out, what was happening in cairo, angry mobs in cairo at the embassy there was less organize
. and have things ever changed. or have they? pentagon correspondent barbara starr joins us now. let's talk a little bit about the payoff to the surge mission. 30,000 troops in, 30,000 troops out. three years. much done? was it worth it? >>> according to the military, the pentagon, the obama administration, and many in the nato coalition, yes. what we're talking about right now, ashleigh, is eventually what actually wound up being 33,000. all of them now. all the extra u.s. troops that president obama sent in in 2010, mainly to southern afghanistan, the big taliban stronghold at the time, now back out of afghanistan. defense secretary leon panetta issued a statement last night about the end of the surge, in which he underscored what he says the successes are. he says, quote, the surge accomplished its objectives of reversing taliban momentum on the battlefield and dramatically increased the size and capability of the afghan national security forces. how much bigger are the afghan forces? last when the surge started there were about 153,000 afghan forces. now 340,000. but the fundamental que
in which four americans were killed including the u.s. ambassador to libya. barbara starr at the pentagon, just popped out of the briefing with the defense secretary and the fact that this attack was planned. >> reporter: absolutely, brooke. new information now, senior administration officials were telling me earlier in the day that they began to gather intelligence within a day or so of the attack indicating that this was potentially al qaeda related or al qaeda groups. but now, defense secretary leon panetta has gone further in this briefing, just concluded here at the pentagon, with very definitive word about his assessment of what happened. i want you to listen. >> as we determined the details of what took place there and how that attack took place that it became clear that there were terrorists who had planned that attack and that's when i came to that conclusion as, again, as to who was involved, what specific groups were involved, i think the investigation that is ongoing hopefully will determine that. >> about a day after or -- >> took a while to really get some of the feedback fr
starr has been following the military response to all of this. barbara, for starters, there is such a thing as the military response that looks offensive, and there is a military response that looks supportive. can you clear up just exactly what this military response is supposed to be? >> well, ashleigh, walk through the pieces of it. first up, 50 u.s. marines arrived yesterday. they are at the u.s. embassy in tripoli in the capital. strictly to help reinforce security at the embassy. to provide extra guard force for the embassy installation to assist in the evacuation of an american personnel that might have to leave the country, strictly there to help the embassy. they have no military mission out on the street. the drones, and the u.s. military and the u.s. government have been actually flying drones over eastern libya which is now continuing and stepped up perhaps looking for the precise targets, and looking in eastern libya to collect intelligence on suspected al qaeda sites, if you will, targets, people, enca encampments, areas, strongholds in eastern libya eas
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former navy s.e.a.l.s, a third a veteran of the american air force. barbara starr reports on the somber homecoming. >> four americans, four patriots. they loved this country. and they chose to serve it and served it well. they had a mission and they believed in it. they knew the danger and they accepted. >> former navy s.e.a.l., glen doherty, a combat veteran, had already cheated death. >> glen deployed to some of the most dangerous places on earth including iraq and afghanistan, always putting his life on the line to safeguard other americans. >> doherty was in libya working as a private security contractor, helping track down missing weapons. he was a trained sniper and medical core man. another former s.e.a.l., tyrone woods, also working as a security officer. he leaves behind a wife and three sons. >> if you ever wanted anybody to protect you and feel safe, that's your man. i have the highest respect for his skills and his love of what he did. >> and sean smith, a former air force veteran, who worked at the state department for the last ten years as a technology expert and avid fan
's pentagon correspondent barbara starr. >> reporter: how many troops and just what weapons are needed to defend the nation. president obama and governor mitt romney each are making a different case. governor romney has said that he wants to significantly add to the conventional forces. >> we must have a commitment not just to more ships and more aircraft, but also in my view to more members of the armed forces. >> reporter: president obama wants a smaller conventional force and 500 billion $in pentagon spending cuts over the next ten years. >> so long as i am commander in chief, we will sustain the strongest military that the world has ever known. >> reporter: let's start with the romney plan. the candidate says he favors a larger force of naval ships and aircraft. but he has not said how he'd pay for it. romney has also said that he wants to add 100,000 troops to the current force of 1.4 million. now, for a look at obama's plan. as part of $500 billion in spending cuts, president obama says he wants to get rid of older ships and to delay buying new ones. he proposes by cutting the ar
, who has control? >> cnn pentagon correspondent barbara starr has more. >> deb, victor, defense secretary leon panetta weighing right in on what he knows and doesn't know about syria's chemical weapons. a top syrian opposition group claims it captured these missiles in damascus and said they had been adapted to carry chemical and biological war heads. cnn cannot independently confirm the claim. but a new admission from leon panetta. serious chemical weapons have been on the move and he's not sure what exactly has happened. >> there has been intelligence that there have been some moves that are taken place. where exactly that's taken place, we don't know. >> reporter: panetta insists that al assad's forces control the major chemical and biological site, but there are security concerns. >> there has been some intelligence with regards to some of these sites that there has been some movement in order for the syrians to better secure the chemicals. >> reporter: rebels are clearly making a public play that they can get to the weapons. on this video, a narerator points to satellite im
. pentagon correspondent barbara starr has details now. >> as commander in chief, i have determined that it is in our vital national interest to send an additional 30,000 u.s. troops to afghanistan. >> the president in 2009 announcing a surge of troops into afghanistan. now, those troops are on their way home and the military is saying mission accomplished. >> the surge has effectively covered and enabled the training of the afghan national security force and it's an amazing outcome in and of itself. >> this is why the administration says it worked. the number of afghan forces has more than doubled to 340,000. the u.s. believe surge troops pushed the taliban out of southern strongholds long enough to let the u.s. train new afghan units and get them into the field. over 80% of operations in the south now are led by afghans. but it's come with a heavy cost. more than 1100 u.s. troops killed, more than 12,000 wounded in that time. behind all of the numbers, deep problems remain. the taliban still has plenty of fight left. one week ago, 16 insurgents breached the u.s. and british base i
protect the u.s. interests there. cnn's barbara starr is live at the pentagon following this must military response. tell us what's going on now, barbara. >> good morning, sean. good morning, brooke. 50 u.s. marines at the u.s. embassy in tripoli, at the capital for reinforcement security. they will help secure the embassy there and aid with any u.s. workers there that need help. but the big issue, of course, is that now the two u.s. navy destroyers sailing to the coast of libya, the "uss mcfaul," the "uss "laboon." why are they so important? they carry tomahawk missiles. this will give president obama another option. we already know unmanned drones flew over libya looking for intelligence on who may have been responsible for the attacks on benghazi, looking at al qaeda-related militant groups, where they are located, where are the encampment, the strongholds? they will gather the intelligence. and two options on the table. libyan forces could try to go after some of these targets once they're identified, or possibly now, the president has the option. he could order those ships to fire the
's head back to the pentagon now and check in with barbara starr. and before barbara begins speaking i want to remind our viewers we are awaiting remarks from vice president joe biden. he's in shanksville, pennsylvania. they're still reading names there. 40 people died on that flight. when joe biden begins speaking we'll go back to shanksville. let's head to washington now and check in with barbara starr. there was a moment of silence earlier. and some moving speeches. >> absolutely, carol. 184 souls lost here. eleven years later the president once again coming here to the pentagon, making those remarks. talking about the real mission as he sees it for 9/11, of service and duty. trying to put that note on this very sad day that as america looks forward, americans must rededicate themselves to this concept of service. and that, of course, is what the military is all about, so much is about 77,000 u.s. troops still serving in afghanistan on the front line 11 years later. this is not a day for political controversy about all of that. but everyone is well aware that this is an issue, and i
. barbara starr is following all these latest movements and joins us now from the pentagon. tell us more, barbara. >> reporter: i do need to jump in and amend one thing there. this is not a marine quick reaction force. this is basically a force of 50 marines only that will go to the u.s. embassy in tripoli, in the capital, and they will be there to provide security for the embassy installation and any americans that may need assistance in being evacuated out of the country. strictly a security force. they will not operate on the ground in libya. only for the embassy. okay. so, that said, what do we have -- u.s. drones continuing to fly in eastern -- over eastern libya. they have done that in the past. they look for intelligence, overhead imagery that they gather, to try and find essentially al qaeda or militant strongholds, camps, evidence of militant activity in eastern libya, east of benghazi, where they think most of these people are and even perhaps the people responsible for the attacks against the u.s. installation. they gather that intelligence and can demonstrate it's tied to the
that involves syria and the chemical weapons. apparently they're on the move. barbara starr will be live from the pentagon next. ♪ ♪ ♪ hi dad. many years from now, when the subaru is theirs... hey. you missed a spot. ...i'll look back on this day and laugh. love. it's what makes a subaru, a subaru. >>> this news just in. u.s. defense secretary leon panetta says the united states received intelligence indicating syria is moving its chemical weapons. he made the comments moments ago at a news conference. piers morgan correspondent barbara starr was there. what did he say? >> i asked him what the latest information was about syrian chemical weapons on the move and was surprised to hear his answer. have a listen. >> we do believe that those sites still remain secured by the syrian military. there has been intelligence that there have been some moves that have taken place. where exactly that's taken place, we don't know. >> so here is what he is saying, carol, the u.s. now has intelligence that the syrians have indeed moved some chemical weapons. we knew about one incident several months ago
americans killed in the benghazi consulate attack. both were decorated military veterans. barbara starr joins us now live. barbara, what do we know about these two men? >> well now, christine, we can confirm that the two men were former u.s. navy s.e.a.l.s both highly decorated military veterans. they've now been identified by secretary of state hillary clinton as 41-year-old tyrone woods and 42-year-old glen doherty. both of their mothers have spoken. >> ty would not want to be seen as a hero. he would want to be seen as a guy on his team who did his job. >> and did it well. >> and did it well, did it the best he could. obviously, obviously, and unfortunately, and i'm sure -- i'm sure my son went down fighting. i don't know the ins and outs of it i haven't been told, but i'm sure he went down fight 'i'm sure he did. >> glen was an amazing human being, and we're devastated. he was a great friend and brother and really good at his job, and it's a huge loss for everyone. >> tyrone woods leaves behind a wife and three children three boys including a son who was born
, both of those countries pose serious national security challenges to the united states. barbara starr, cnn, the pentagon. >> barbara starr, thank you very much. stay with cnn for the lest developments on iran's nuclear program as well as the civil war in syria. my husband and i can't stop eating 'em! what's...that... on your head? can curlers! tomato basil, potato with bacon... we've got a lot of empty cans. [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. olaf's pizza palace gets the most rewards of any small business credit card! pizza!!!!! [ garth ] olaf's small business earns 2% cash back on every purchase, every day! helium delivery. put it on my spark card! [ pop! ] [ garth ] why settle for less? great businesses deserve the most rewards! awesome!!! [ male announcer ] the spark business card from capital one. choose unlimited rewards with 2% cash back or double miles on every purchase, every day! what's in your wallet? or double miles on every purchase, every day! i i had pain in my abdomen...g. it just wouldn't go away. i was spotting, but i had already gone through men
. the specifics from pentagon correspondent barbara starr. >> reporter: president barack obama and governor mitt romney agree on two crucial national security issues. iran will not be allowed to go nuclear. and syria will not use its chemical weapons. but if it looks like either might happen, they differ on what could trigger sending u.s. troops into action. on syria -- >> we have been very clear to the assad regime, but also to other players on the ground that a red line for us is we start saying a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. that would change my calculus. that would change my equation. >> reporter: the white house won't say what it will do if the red line is crossed. seizing dozens of chemical weapon sites would be tough, requiring tens of thousands of troops on the ground. romney has openly called for covert action. >> i would instead of watching what is happening in syria from a dispassionate distance, i would be leading in syria by encouraging our friends there, like the turks and the saudis, to provide weapons to the insurgents in syria. >> reporter: he
in this attack, and our cnn pentagon correspondent barbara starr was able to get more of these details of the assault straight from the marines who themselves were under attack. >> we see flaming aircrafts, we see the enemy shooting at us. we're seeking cover. we're hearing small arms fire, ak-47s, pkms, and then at some point soon thereafter see another rpg shot towards us and towards our building. >> reporter: for the first time on television, u.s. marines tell cnn just how bad it got on the night of september 14th here at camp bastion in southern afghanistan when the taliban got inside the base. major greer chambliss and his squadron commander lieutenant colonel christopher rabel raced to the scene as the first rounds hit. >> he performed heroically that night. he came out the door, he engaged the enemy. >> reporter: these videos nato believes show the insurgents getting ready before the attack. it may be a clue how taliban fighters dressed in u.s.-style uniformed infiltrated through the fence on the eastern edge of the airfield. the taliban broke into three groups, one group headed
governments and human rights groups increasingly voicing their opposition. barbara starr, cnn, the pentagon. >>> barbara, thank you. some good news for the economy, home resales were up in the month of august. alison kosik joins me next with a look at what this means for the real estate market nationwide and also your own home. ahhhh drill sound chirping electric shaver shaking remote tapping sound shaking drill chirping tapping shaking remote wouldn't it be great to have one less battery to worry about? car honking irping the 2012 sonata hybrid. the only hybrid with a lifetime hybrid battery warranty. from hyundai. to provide a better benefits package... oahhh! [ male announcer ] it made a big splash with the employees. [ duck yelling ] [ male announcer ] find out more at... [ duck ] aflac! [ male announcer ] ...forbusiness.com. ♪ ha ha! after you jumped buship in bangkok,n. i thought i'd lost you. >>> surfing is my life now. but who's going to .... >>> tell the world that priceline has even faster, easier ways to save you money. . . on hotels, flights & cars? you still have it. >>> i'll
four victims have been identified. let's go to barbara starr at the pentagon. barbara, these other two gentlemen who were killed, former navy s.e.a.l.s. >> former navy s.e.a.l.s, indeed, brooke. today, deeply mourned by their brothers in arms. the entire navy s.e.a.l. community. the administration is looking at these four arrests. the libyans now saying perhaps some of those arrested not directly involved in the attacks. but it's the kind of response the u.s. wants to see, and is part of this full-court press, if you will, across the region to press host governments, to, in the case of libya, pursue the investigation. in the case of all of these countries, ensure that u.s. embassies around the world are protected by the host government. this is really the baseline of what is going on. now, and put in place any additional security measures that are needed. but i think it's really important to look at some of the context, when you put that map up, of all the countries where there appears to be unrest, many of these places, the u.s. has to really assess what is going on. in some places, a
that i can be as clear as possible. >> pentagon correspondent barbara starr is joining us now. barbara, you got a hold of a letter detailing some dismay. >> yeah. you know, the s.e.a.l. commanders are increasingly very unhappy, and they are making that very clear. you know, we saw the pentagon's position laid out there, that there is classified information in the book. we'll see what legal steps they take, if any. the deeper issue that is now coming to the front, carol, is the battle for the soul of the s.e.a.l. community and for special forces. do they go out in public and keep talking about what they do that is supposed to be secret? well, admiral sean pipettes, who is the commander of all of the navy s.e.a.l.s, has written a scathing letter to his community saying he is disappointed, embarrassed, and concerned about all of the publicity that the s.e.a.l.s are bringing upon themselves these days. i want to read you some of what he says. he says, quote, we find former s.e.a.l.s headlining positions in a presidential campaign, hawking details about a mission against enemy number one, a
name mark owen. barbara starr is joining us live from the pentagon. barbara, this is a very popular book. highly controversial. how is the pentagon reacting? >> well, it's another day. when i walked into work here at the cnn booth in the pentagon, a top official looked at me said another day covering the navy s.e.a.l. book? and i said you bet. it is number one on amazon so it's getting a lot of attention. the pentagon knows that. they had put the marker on the table last week that they might consider legal action against the author and the publisher. and so now everybody is waiting to see what the pentagon's next step is. will the government decide to go after the author, matt bissonnette, that's his real name, for breaking his nondisclosure agreement that he signed when he was on military duty? basically promising to put any book that potentially contained classified information through security review. but still, now it's available today. everybody can go on amazon, go to their neighborhood bookstore, go to the mall, buy a copy and read it for themselves if they choose to. it's be
and revetting officers that are already on the force. our barbara starr joins us from the pentagon with more on this. are they actually looking at their vetting procedures and changing those, barbara. >> reporter: they're looking at everything, zoraida. that's what they tell us. it involves about 1,000 afghan police that are being trained, pulling them out of training, putting them to the side, revetting, looking at their security clearance status. are they really suitable to be in the afghan forces. that's about 1,000. but a much deeper issue now literally all 350,000 afghan security forces getting another look because of this green on blue situation. we have some statistics. of course these are lives. they are not just numbers, but they do begin to tell why the u.s. is so concerned. i want to show you some of them. 2012 so far had year just up to right now 26 u.s. troops killed in these so-called green on blue attacks, a total of 45 coalition forces. that's so far this year. keep that number of 45 in mind. all of last year 24 u.s. troops killed. 35 coalition troops. 35 all of last year. 45
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